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NAM 2016: First media announcement

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 10:14
Published on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 10:14

Around 500 astronomers and space scientists will gather at the University of Nottingham, from 27 June – 1 July, for the Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2016). The conference is the largest regular professional astronomy event in the UK and will see leading researchers from around the world presenting the latest work in a variety of fields.

NAM2016 poster v3 smallNAM 2016 will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the UK Solar Physics (UKSP) group. The conference is principally sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Sessions at NAM 2016 will cover a diverse range of topics, including exoplanets, solar flares, dark energy, gravitational waves and planetary science.

Alongside the formal meeting a suite of events will run for schools and the general public. Highlights include a lecture by Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, and a night where amateur astronomers show the night sky to their professional peers. The Tuesday of the meeting will include a ‘hack day’, where conference delegates try to create innovative physical and software solutions to research problems.

Meeting arrangements and a full and up to date schedule of the scientific programme can be found on the official website and via Twitter

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend the Meeting and can register at no cost. Press room facilities will be available for the duration of the conference – from 0900 BST on Monday 27 June to 1430 BST on Thursday 30 June. A series of releases, issued under embargo, will cover key scientific results presented at the meeting.

For free registration please contact Robert Massey (see below).


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Dr Robert Massey
Royal Astronomical Society
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Anita Heward
Royal Astronomical Society
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Notes for editors


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The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The RAS organises scientific meetings, publishes international research and review journals, recognizes outstanding achievements by the award of medals and prizes, maintains an extensive library, supports education through grants and outreach activities and represents UK astronomy nationally and internationally. Its more than 3900 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others. Follow the RAS on Twitter

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is keeping the UK at the forefront of international science and has a broad science portfolio and works with the academic and industrial communities to share its expertise in materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science, microelectronics, wafer scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar. STFC's Astronomy and Space Science programme provides support for a wide range of facilities, research groups and individuals in order to investigate some of the highest priority questions in astrophysics, cosmology and solar system science. STFC's astronomy and space science programme is delivered through grant funding for research activities, and also through support of technical activities at STFC's UK Astronomy Technology Centre and RAL Space at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. STFC also supports UK astronomy through the international European Southern Observatory. Follow STFC on Twitter